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Comparing forever vs. pm2

How are they different?

Here we compare between forever and pm2. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are forever 0.15.3 and pm2 2.9.1.

forever, A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever). It was authored by Charlie Robbins on Dec, 2010.
pm2, Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer. It was authored by Strzelewicz Alexandre on Jun, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that pm2 is the more popular package today (22,971 Stars on Github).
forever has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, less dependencies and less open issues.
On the other hand, pm2 has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, less open pull requests, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review forever got 336,480 points and pm2 got 457,788 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail

 

forever
0.15.3
NPM

pm2
2.9.1
NPM

description A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever) Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer.
keywords cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools, pm2, logs, log, json, express, hapi, kraken, reload, load balancer, lb, load-balancer, kubernetes, k8s, pm2-docker, runtime, source maps, graceful, microservice, programmatic, harmony, node-pm2, production, keymetrics, node.js monitoring, strong-pm, deploy, deployment, daemon, supervisor, supervisord, nodemon, pm2.io, ghost, ghost production, monitoring, keymetrics, process manager, forever, profiling, probes, apm, container, forever-monitor, keep process alive, process configuration, clustering, cluster cli, cluster, docker, cron, devops, dev ops
author Charlie Robbins Strzelewicz Alexandre
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Comparison
licenses MIT AGPL-3.0
created 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 5 years ago (Jun, 2013)
modified an hour ago a day ago
total versions 43 208
version average every 2 months every 8 days
maintainers 5 1
dependencies 15 28
Daily Downloads 20,321 32,887
Weekly Downloads 133,263 165,624
Monthly Downloads 492,438 664,286
open issues 266 378
open pull requests 20 17
stargazers 10,666 22,971
subscribers 293 629
forks 795 1,649
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Points
Overall points

336,480

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457,788

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S forever npm i -S pm2
remove npm r -S forever npm r -S pm2

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